Civil War Roundtable: Nov. 18th – Gen. Wm. Tecumseh Sherman

Dr. Brian Beam as General Sherman

Dr. Brian Beam as General Sherman

Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. will be another quality program commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  There is no charge and it is open to the public. The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne Co. Libraries, will host the program in the Wooster Library Conference Room. We are well into the fourth year of that horrible war.

We look forward to Brian Beam, MD, presenting his program on Gen. Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.  Gen. Sherman served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War, for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the “scorched earth” policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.  Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war. He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Sherman’s subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy’s ability to continue fighting.

It was 150 years ago on Dec. 22, 1864 that Gen. Sherman sent a wire to Pres. Lincoln, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah with 150 heavy guns, plenty of ammunition, & also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”

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